Back On The Grid

By - November 21, 2006

Spent a couple of days in Denver visiting my cousin, which meant no TV or Internet for 48 hours. I’ll have more to say about the weekend action sometime after I get a chance to process everything, but here are seven things that jump out from my time away upon first glance:

  • Is the Sky the limit for Herb Sendek? Arizona State slipped to 0-2 against Big Sky conference teams with its 71-67 loss to Portland State on Saturday.

  • Revenge is a dish best served cold. Just ask Wichita State, who had to wait an entire offseason for another shot at George Mason. The Shockers topped the Patriots in Fairfax on Saturday after suffering two losses to GMU — including a Sweet 16 meeting — during the 2005-06 season.

  • Could Old Dominion have played any more flawlessly down the homestretch of its 75-62 upset of eighth-ranked Georgetown at McDonough Arena? The Monarchs shot 58 percent from the floor after the break and didn’t commit a turnover during the final 15 minutes, overcoming an eight-point deficit to stun the Hoyas in their on-campus gymnasium.

  • The only thing better than a St. Joe’s victory on Hawk Hill is the proverbial “Double Dip” — when the Hawks win and Augustinian archrival Villanova loses on the same day. Sunday marked the first Dip of the year when St. Joe’s topped Bucknell and the 'Cats fell to Xavier at the Paradise Jam. (‘Nova would bounce back Monday with a 29-point victory over Iowa in the third-place game.)

  • While the Musketeers were holding it down for the Atlantic 10 in the Virgin Islands, Saint Louis — a preseason pick to finish third in the A-10 — appeared inept in a 69-33 drubbing at the hands of No. 12 Texas A&M. Billikens center Ian Vouyoukas, who returned to campus after flirting with the NBA draft, grabbed a game-high 13 boards but mustered just six points on 2-of-13 shooting.

  • How about Washington fab frosh Spencer Hawes? The Seattle native didn’t miss a single shot during an 83-74 victory over Sacramento State on Sunday. Hawes scored 14 points on 7-of-7 shooting and blocked a game-high six shots.

  • Lastly, don’t miss tonight’s marquee matchup between No. 22 Kentucky vs. No. 6 UCLA in the Maui Invitational semifinals at 9:30 p.m. ET. Elite Eight-type contests such as these are rare for November.

Posted by at 02:31 AM on November 21, 2006

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